I’ve been doing the whole Entrecard thing for about a week now and I have a few thoughts on it.
First and foremost using it has increased my blog traffic considerably. It’s also increased the amount of comments I get so I couldn’t be happier that I have spent 175 hours browsing websites this week.
There are a lot of blogs out in the blogosphere. Duh, I know but I had been stuck in my little neighborhood for a long time so this has been an eye opening experience for me.
The majority of the blogs suck.
Unless you have a blog like The Junk Drawer, I Do Things So You Don’t Have To, Wit’s Bitch, AmyOOps, Smoker’s Lounge, Crotchety Old Man, Cabbages and Kings or Canucklehead… then for God’s sake please put your damn card at the top of the page.
There are an awful lot of happy housewives with too much time on their hands. You’d think with all that time they could learn to use SpellCheck and produce at least a mildly interesting post. But no.
The whole snow flash thing on your blog…It’s been snowing where I live for the last three weeks. I’m tired of shoveling, I’m cold, and I have seven months before I get to see my grass again. I don’t want to see snow when I’m surfing the web. If it isn’t snowing in your part of the world you don’t get to use the snow thing.
Is Pinoy a place? A state of mind? A multi level marketing tool? I don’t know. And I haven’t been intriqued enough to find out. I know they have SEO and good for them. They are messing up the web. No one reads this stuff and no one makes money off of it except for the guys at the top, the ones you paid to get your site in the first place. Go get a real job and stop filling the internet with garbage that no one wants to read.
People love their cats.
I enjoy finding websites that are in a different language, especially ones that don’t use our alphabet. I don’t feel a bit of guilt for dropping and running.
Chances are if I left you a comment I forgot to leave my card. Sorry. I have to drop first.
I never knew there were reusable panty liners.
O, Entrecard! Such lessons ye have taught me. (Tho I have to admit, I did NOT learn about resuable panty liners — ew.)
I agree with much of what you say here. My chief complaint concerns people who clearly put up a site just for the ads and proceed to write about absolutely nothing, using terrible grammar and spelling. There are indeed a lot of cat lovers and mommies out there, too, tho some of them are well worth hanging around to read. But that’s another thing I’ve come to learn thru EC: how to spot a worthwhile blog with just a quick skim.
I love EC. I’ve also gotten new readers who may never have seen my site otherwise. But, yeah. There’s a lot of flotsam and jetsam out there, too.
PS: Thanks for the shout out!
PPS: “Pinoy” is the term used to describe Filipinos — by Filipinos. LOTS of Filipinos on EC!
JD at I Do Things
Yeah, it’s tough for me to talk about the crap blogs on Entrecard without sounding like an unapologetic racist, but I will say that I haven’t yet found a “pinoy” blog that I enjoy reading.
And the widgets! God help the blogger who loads their site down with so much garbage that it takes upwards of five minutes to load an entire page! Grr.
Also, is it just me, or is EC totally broken today? I can’t log in, drop cards, look at my inbox, etc. It’s like temporarily going blind…
JD, you are right there are both mom blogs and cat blogs that are well worth the read, the ones I was referring to are the kind with all the ads and flash crap all over them. The lack of punctuation and grammar problems is off putting for me so those are the ones that irk me. I like mom blogs and cat blogs as long as we are in on it. So many of the blogs I have read don’t seem to include the reader, it’s as if they are private pages meant for family, which is great but then don’t do the Entrecard with it. And honestly maybe some of them simply need to write more and will eventually find their voice…who knows.
Entrecard is a great way to meet new blogs. I would have never found all the great ones, and I am sure there are more I have not discovered yet, if I hadn’t tried it so it is a definite positive.
Thanks for the info on ‘Pinoy’. I’m too lazy to google it myself and well, that’s your job isn’t it? To do things so I don’t have to?
Yes, reusable panty liners. Ew too.
Stanley, the thing about the long loading pages is that I don’t hang around to drop because it takes too long and I fear my computer might crash or get a virus with all that junk. So I don’t drop a card but I have been to their site even though they don’t know I have. I suppose it weeds out the ones I don’t want to see so I guess it works well for both.
I’d be happy to purchase this stuff, not the reusable panty liners but some of it is probably good stuff the thing is I want to be entertained even, especially if I might purchase something. There isn’t much thought, on some of these blogs, of the reader or customer.
Is the site down? I might get some work done today!
Ha! “Is Pinoy a place?” I have often wondered the origins of that term too.
Entrecard is a weird thing. Either you get a lot from it or you get nothing.
I couldn’t agree more with your opinion of the “insider club” aspect of some mommy and pet blogs. If you put an EC widget on your blog, then you’re saying, this blog is trying to attract readers.
I just had to speak up for cat blogs. After all, I never miss a day of Daisy the Curly Cat!
You are so right, Daisy the Curly Cat is more than just another cat blog. It has a story, characters, heart and it’s funny. It doesn’t count in the “just another website with pictures of my cat” category.
What an awesome rant.
BTW, Pinoy is the new Amway.
you said it sista!! 🙂 thanks for the linky luv too. you rock!
LOL! That about sums it up. I jsut joined EC a little over a week ago..and also not so great on the “Drop”..
Keep up the ranting!
I am here for a reason. Don from beyondleftfield has actually said he has been following your blog. So I though I would make my way here because after all he is my best bud. Well one of them anyway. Entrecard is where I “met” all these wonderful people like Don and JD,Da old man, The Hussy Housewife and Chat Blanc. These are some of the coolest people you would ever want to know. I have enjoyed visiting you and will be dropping my card on you too now.
Thank you Ettarose and welcome! I will be sure to stop by your neck of the woods too!
Except, Ettarose, I can’t see your profile so I don’t know from whence you came. What is your URL?
Hussy, get a kick out of your place!
While it’s true a lot of what we read is rubbish there are a few gems, as mentioned, that are really worth reading – I never considered myself somebody who would read another’s blog until I ran across a few.
Were it not for EC, I would never have…
1)discovered that it doesn’t take an original opinion to be considered a “writer”
2)nearly as much traffic on my blog
3)found this blog
4)been so excited for upcoming elections: if the people that blog from a conservative perspective are representative of the electorate, it’ll be a blue, blue America for a long time
5)been offered a job as political editor-in-chief of an ezine
I now love entrecard. Why? Because I’ve tried the advertising route = $20 per month. And entrecard makes me feel important. I’m cheap and they’re willing to pay play money for using my blog.
It’s the one site in a hundred that makes me glad to have joined.
But generally if I ever want to lose my inspiration to write, I come to Entrecard and drop a few. Dear God, so many blogs excel at the suck.
Grim and catty-sounding, sure…nevertheless, it is true.
In most cases…
Hahaha, loved that! I am new to EC also. I have to say that my ADHD prevents me from understanding how it all works. Anyhoo, I have found some great blogs like this one.
I hate the same topic on every blog time of year like now. Seasonal posts are fine, but a “We got a Xmas tree” with no pics is annoying. Seem to be a lot of those on EC. I think there are some good Pinoy blogs when I signed up for EC, I’d never heard of the term, some are borderline spam, but some are interesting.
Hello I have my blog pinoycatmommy.com and I would like to share links with you.
OMG, here I am, going along, dropping ECs on yes, tons of boring, stupid and spammy blogs, and then I find myself here, at one of the few blogs that are like an oasis in a desert. I am really impressed at your very astute observations of Entrecard in such a short time. And I’m just going to leave it at that! 🙂 (And btw, your comments are great, had me LOL!)
To be honest, many people I’ve already found either through Humor-Blogs.com or Humorbloggers. But I have found folks like yourself, and like one of the other commenters said, an oasis in the desert.
Well, gotta go…in the midst of dropping, starting with people that dropped on me and that are cool like you.
I like the way you think.
I’m new to Entrecard as well, and I’ve wondered about the Pinoy thing (but I do have a cat).
Let’s see where it takes us, eh?
(I mean Entrecard; not my cat.)
Greetings from an expat Brit-Canadian in Helsingborg, Sweden…
well said… although I think you should have given us a link to the panty liners… won’t believe that one till I see’s it.
You’ve only been on Entrecard for a week?!
I too find that too many people have a love afair with their cats, I thought I was the only one with the pinoy thing, and yeah…I know what you mean about the snowy screen.
Thanks for the late night smile. 🙂
Oh! And for the record…I’m not on your list there but my card is way up top for ya my bloggy friend. 🙂
Wait, wait. You can’t just say “reusable panty liners” and not tell us where you saw them. They would go so nicely with my supply of reusable toilet paper. Tough economy, you know?
Thanks for the shout-out! I’ve found a number of great blogs through EC and I’ve added tons to my favorites so I can drop on them every day. The others I drop from my Inbox, but not the pinoy ones. Those P’annoy me.
I wondered the same thing about Pinoy but not curious enough to care.
Egnar, There are many more that I didn’t link to that are wonderful, and I will link to more in a later post. Consider the ones who left comments to be all great blogs
Relevant Rhino, Good for you! I love hearing stories about people who have been discovered via their blog. I’m still waiting for someone to discover me and offer me oodles of money.
Dana, I agree completely! I love the play money aspect of Entrecard and I get tons more visitors than when I paid to advertise. I also love that the visitors who come here via Entrecard actually read some of the content.
Grumpus, feel free to be catty here all you like!
Eve, Mine too which is why I like your blog so much.
Kristine, all christmas tree pictured or not look better than mine, that doesn’t mean I want to hear about it, unless there was a live weasel in the tree or all the needles fell off after the first day and they were stuck with a Charlie Brown tree. Then I want a picture.
Carole, thank you! Yours was the first blog I commented on with Entrecard so I am glad I got to meet you too.
I also have a cat. My cat is like my ex , she comes in at night..late, wants to be fed, grab a few tummy rubs and then is off for another night of god knows what. The only pictures I have of her are when she is licking her butt. You wont see them here.
I looked for the link to the reusable panty liners but couldn’t find the one I actually read. When I googled it I pulled in many pages of reviews so feel free to google and read about reusable panty liners.
Is there really reusable toilet paper? wow.
as my kids would say thinking… thinking… thinking… uh no!
I shall pass on googling either of those reusable products, thanks.
I agree with you. I just joined yesterday so I’m still getting used to it all. Seems like an interesting idea. I’m glad you have seen an increase in traffic and comments. That is good to hear.